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Wipf, an old [[Hutterian Brethren (Hutterische Brüder)|Hutterite]] family, probably of Swiss origin. We do not know when the Wipfs joined the brotherhood and how they happened to settle in [[Alwinz (Transylvania, Romania)|Alwinz]], Transylvania. Perhaps they went there with the first settlers in 1621. In any case in 1694 one Michael Wipf was made Vorsteher (bish­op) in Alwinz, though he was not particularly suc­cessful. The Wipfs of today are probably not de­scended from this man but from another Wipf, whose widow Annele together with her five chil­dren belonged to the few surviving "old Hutterites" in Transylvania prior to the coming of the Carinthians in 1756. She is expressly named by Johannes Waldner, the author of the <em>Klein-Geschichtsbuch</em>. She and the children then went to [[Russia|Russia]] with the rest of the group. A Jakob Wipf was "the teacher" ca. 1853. At that time a group of Hutterites led by Peter Hofer (see [[Hofer family|Hofer]]) and Jakob Wipf separated from the [[Hutterthal (Zaporizhia Oblast, Ukraine)|Hutterthal]] colony to start a new settle­ment, Johannesruh, named after [[Cornies, Johann (1789-1848)|Johann Cornies]]. Jakob Wipf must have been a very alert and intelligent leader; he had attended the [[Halbstadt Zentralschule (Halbstadt, Molotschna Mennonite Settlement, Zaporizhia Oblast, Ukraine)|Mennonite Zentralschule at Halbstadt]], Molotschna, and received a teacher's license. In 1864, when this group ex­perimented for a few years with the re-establishment of communal living, it became known as the "[[Lehrerleut|Lehrerleut]]", since Wipf was a teacher and was generally known as Jakob Lehrer. In 1874 the great exodus from Russia began, but at first only the [[Dariusleut|Dariusleut]] and the [[Schmiedeleut|Schmiedeleut]] went o America, settling in [[South Dakota (USA)|South Dakota]]. In 1875-76 two Brethren from the [[Bon Homme Hutterite Colony (Tabor, South Dakota, USA)|Bon Homme colony]], South Dakota, went back to Russia to encourage the Lehrerleut, led by Jakob Wipf and Peter Hofer, to come to America and to re-establish there their former [[Community of Goods|community of goods]]. This they did. In 1877 Wipf, Hofer, and 13 their families migrated and established a colony at [[Elmspring Hutterite Colony (Alexandria, South Dakota, USA)|Old Elmspring]], near Alexandria, South Dakota, (later near Parkston), thus establishing the third Hutterite Bruderhof in America. Jakob Wipf was its Vorsteher until his death in 1896. A number of Wipfs, how­ ever, broke away from this communal living and
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Wipf, an old [[Hutterian Brethren (Hutterische Brüder)|Hutterite]] family, probably of Swiss origin. We do not know when the Wipfs joined the brotherhood and how they happened to settle in [[Alwinz (Transylvania, Romania)|Alwinz]], Transylvania. Perhaps they went there with the first settlers in 1621. In any case in 1694 one Michael Wipf was made Vorsteher (bish­op) in Alwinz, though he was not particularly suc­cessful. The Wipfs of today are probably not de­scended from this man but from another Wipf, whose widow Annele together with her five chil­dren belonged to the few surviving "old Hutterites" in Transylvania prior to the coming of the Carinthians in 1756. She is expressly named by Johannes Waldner, the author of the <em>Klein-Geschichtsbuch</em>. She and the children then went to [[Russia|Russia]] with the rest of the group. A Jakob Wipf was "the teacher" ca. 1853. At that time a group of Hutterites led by Peter Hofer (see [[Hofer family|Hofer]]) and Jakob Wipf separated from the [[Hutterthal (Zaporizhia Oblast, Ukraine)|Hutterthal]] colony to start a new settle­ment, Johannesruh, named after [[Cornies, Johann (1789-1848)|Johann Cornies]]. Jakob Wipf must have been a very alert and intelligent leader; he had attended the [[Halbstadt Zentralschule (Halbstadt, Molotschna Mennonite Settlement, Zaporizhia Oblast, Ukraine)|Mennonite Zentralschule at Halbstadt]], Molotschna, and received a teacher's license. In 1864, when this group ex­perimented for a few years with the re-establishment of communal living, it became known as the "[[Lehrerleut|Lehrerleut]]", since Wipf was a teacher and was generally known as Jakob Lehrer. In 1874 the great exodus from Russia began, but at first only the [[Dariusleut|Dariusleut]] and the [[Schmiedeleut|Schmiedeleut]] went o America, settling in [[South Dakota (USA)|South Dakota]]. In 1875-76 two Brethren from the [[Bon Homme Hutterite Colony (Tabor, South Dakota, USA)|Bon Homme colony]], South Dakota, went back to Russia to encourage the Lehrerleut, led by Jakob Wipf and Peter Hofer, to come to America and to re-establish there their former [[Community of Goods|community of goods]]. This they did. In 1877 Wipf, Hofer, and 13 their families migrated and established a colony at [[Elmspring Hutterite Colony (Alexandria, South Dakota, USA)|Old Elmspring]], near Alexandria, South Dakota, (later near Parkston), thus establishing the third Hutterite Bruderhof in America. Jakob Wipf was its Vorsteher until his death in 1896. A number of Wipfs, how­ ever, broke away from this communal living and settled in and around Freeman, South Dakota, becoming known as the "Prairie Leut." They joined other Mennonite groups.
 
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settled in and around Freeman, South Dakota, becoming known as the "Prairie Leut." They joined other Mennonite groups.
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= Bibliography =
 
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Zieglschmid, A. J. F. <em>Das Klein-Geschichtsbuch der Hutterischen Brüder</em>. Philadelphia, PA: Carl Schurz Memorial Foundation, 1947: 228, 257.
 
Zieglschmid, A. J. F. <em>Das Klein-Geschichtsbuch der Hutterischen Brüder</em>. Philadelphia, PA: Carl Schurz Memorial Foundation, 1947: 228, 257.
 
 
 
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Wipf, an old Hutterite family, probably of Swiss origin. We do not know when the Wipfs joined the brotherhood and how they happened to settle in Alwinz, Transylvania. Perhaps they went there with the first settlers in 1621. In any case in 1694 one Michael Wipf was made Vorsteher (bish­op) in Alwinz, though he was not particularly suc­cessful. The Wipfs of today are probably not de­scended from this man but from another Wipf, whose widow Annele together with her five chil­dren belonged to the few surviving "old Hutterites" in Transylvania prior to the coming of the Carinthians in 1756. She is expressly named by Johannes Waldner, the author of the Klein-Geschichtsbuch. She and the children then went to Russia with the rest of the group. A Jakob Wipf was "the teacher" ca. 1853. At that time a group of Hutterites led by Peter Hofer (see Hofer) and Jakob Wipf separated from the Hutterthal colony to start a new settle­ment, Johannesruh, named after Johann Cornies. Jakob Wipf must have been a very alert and intelligent leader; he had attended the Mennonite Zentralschule at Halbstadt, Molotschna, and received a teacher's license. In 1864, when this group ex­perimented for a few years with the re-establishment of communal living, it became known as the "Lehrerleut", since Wipf was a teacher and was generally known as Jakob Lehrer. In 1874 the great exodus from Russia began, but at first only the Dariusleut and the Schmiedeleut went o America, settling in South Dakota. In 1875-76 two Brethren from the Bon Homme colony, South Dakota, went back to Russia to encourage the Lehrerleut, led by Jakob Wipf and Peter Hofer, to come to America and to re-establish there their former community of goods. This they did. In 1877 Wipf, Hofer, and 13 their families migrated and established a colony at Old Elmspring, near Alexandria, South Dakota, (later near Parkston), thus establishing the third Hutterite Bruderhof in America. Jakob Wipf was its Vorsteher until his death in 1896. A number of Wipfs, how­ ever, broke away from this communal living and settled in and around Freeman, South Dakota, becoming known as the "Prairie Leut." They joined other Mennonite groups.

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Zieglschmid, A. J. F. Das Klein-Geschichtsbuch der Hutterischen Brüder. Philadelphia, PA: Carl Schurz Memorial Foundation, 1947: 228, 257.


Author(s) Robert Friedmann
Date Published 1959


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Friedmann, Robert. "Wipf family." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1959. Web. 28 Dec 2014. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Wipf_family&oldid=121354.

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Friedmann, Robert. (1959). Wipf family. Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 28 December 2014, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Wipf_family&oldid=121354.




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